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Equal Logic 5000 vs NetApp 2000

Hello, I have narrowed down my SAN decision to Equal Logic vs NetApp and would like some opinions on why one is better than the other...

The NetApp is more expensive, but it seems more robust in features. It also look like the whole NetApp approach to NAS is completely different to everyone else. Which makes things more confusing!

So far, we are finding it a little hard to justify the extra $$ on the NetApp, we know its a better product, but we are a pretty small setup, we will have around 2TB of data, running across around 10 servers (1x exchange, 1x SQL, Document Management and Cisco Core Manager are the major servers). So realistically, we will probably set the thing up, connect it to the network and no really manage it from day to day besides snapshots. We dont really care about being able to expand to 100TB or being able to plug into a crazy expensive Fiber Channel, as we will never really need this.

Anyone have any experience on why one should outweigh the other (besides cost)..


Thanks,
Dekkar
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Vince GlissonOwnerCommented:
Don't mean to be facetious but i think you have answered your own question....
 If the extra features on the more expensive box will never be used then go with the the other.
If the differnece in the price is not alot then I would go with the Netapp as it is a better product.
How big is your budget and how big is the price differnece?
mesavince
 
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dekkarAuthor Commented:
Thx for the reply.
Well we can afford the NetApp.... That isnt a problem, and personally I would rather the NetApp.... as I will be working on it.... Its a higher end product, so I would rather 'experience' working on this. Just as I would rather work on Cisco comms equipment as it does look good on a resume (& they are a solid product).


I do however have to justify it. So far, the main thing that sets it apart from the EQ is the snapshot system and the de-duplication? (not all that up with the terms)

pricewise, the NetApp looks to be around 30-40% more expensive, I dont have solid figures, the NetApp guys told me it would be more.

I will throw it out there and let both of them fight it out, but at the end of the day it will cost more. I would, however, like to be able to comfortably convince management that the NetApp is a better product.


I just want to make sure I have covered every positive the NetApp has over the EQ, as it would be my personal choice, but I have to make a justifiable choice.


Thx,
Dekkar
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Vince GlissonOwnerCommented:
I think you will find the support with the Netapp box infinitely better, if you have mission critical stuff then thats worth the extra bucks right there.
It will be easier to manage because it pretty much takes care of it's self, not much baby sitting needed.
Which frees up your time to do more stuff (oh boy just what you needed more time to to more stuff right LOL)
Get the reviews for the two products in case someone disagrees with your decision.
you may in the future upgrade internally to fibre for the communication just between switches and the servers having the Netapp will allow that to happen.
And then there is the old stand by "You get what you pay for..."
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